Morgan Imberman is a competitive gymnast with a love of animals, especially monkeys! A jungle theme was perfect for her bat mitzvah on March 2, 2013. The service as well as the party was held at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, NY. Morgan’s mom Melisa Imberman is a talented event planner and founder of The Event of a Lifetime, so it was no surprise that the bat mitzvah was creative, colorful, and perfectly executed! The family converted the temple into a jungle, but not just any jungle…a neon pink jungle with monkeys everywhere!
Sign-In Beanbag Chair
Morgan’s bat mitzvah logo was screen-printed on a 6’ tall, new-age pink beanbag chair. Melisa wrapped Sharpies in Zebra duct tape & attached them to chair.
Each guest’s name and table number was written in neon pink on a silk leaf that was easily plucked off of a vine. The vine was woven into a real tree.
Morgan’s entrance video set the tone for the entire party. The video cleverly showed the similarities between Morgan’s skills as a talented gymnast with the actions and flexibility of monkeys. It showed monkeys swing on branches and then Morgan swinging on the uneven parallel bars. Some of the video was shot at the Bronx Zoo and some at her gym.
Play Entrance Video (Produced by Video Specialists of New York)
As guests entered the party, the song ‘Jungle Boogie’ was being played. Her parents then entered, followed by Morgan’s big brother, then the entrance video played. Morgan entered to the song ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’ She was announced as the Queen of the Jungle and carried in on a raft that was adorned with zebra print fabric, neon pink ruffles, leaves and flowers. She was led into the room by a percussionist accompanying the song on bongos.
Hot Pink Bat Mitzvah Lounge
The teen lounge was a fantasy jungle of pink and zebra print with monkeys hanging from trees. A giant decal of her bat mitzvah logo hung on the wall.
On the tables in the kid’s lounge, there were cards with Morgan’s logo and a picture of an iPhone that read:
If u take a pic, we want to c
Plz post them on Instagram #3213
The tables were wrapped in neon pink spandex. The centerpieces were trees with exotics flowers and monkeys.
Jungle-themed drinks were served, such as Jungle Juice, Monkeytini, and Rainforest Fizz. The drink menus were printed on the same wood grain paper and placed in a zebra frame that was held by a monkey.
Guest were able to take photos or download images onto a set of nails that could be applied at the party or taken home along with adhesive.
Guests could also take photos that were printed on a Fathead-like decal.
Morgan’s camp friends had a sleepover after the party. Since there were too many girls to transport themselves, they hired a party van. The girls piled into a tripped out van that blasted music, had a laser light show and snacks.
Bat Mitzvah Cake
The cake was topsy turvy with alternating tiers of neon pink and zebra print. The center tier had Morgan’s logo. Monkeys with pink bows sat on the top and bottom tier.
The dance floor was surrounded by a jungle canopy with monkeys hanging from it. There was a giant decal of Morgan’s logo on the dance floor.
All of the things that the DJ gave out were animal print, including hats and glasses. In addition they gave out little stuffed monkeys that wore a shirt with Morgan’s logo.
The zebra and pink theme extended all the way to the attire of the bat mitzvah girl and her family! Morgan wore a neon pink high-low gown. She had the dress lined with zebra print fabric.
The yarmulkes were white leather with black zebra stripes.
The girl’s sweatshirts were white with one logo in the back and another in the front. The hood was lined with zebra print fabric. The front of the sweatshirt was hand cut into a v-neck & studded.
As guests left, they had a variety of animal print and monkey cake pops to take with them.
For Morgan’s mitzvah project, she organized a Cartwheel-A-Thon where she does gymnastics. The money that she raised will be used to send a less fortunate child to The International Gymnastics Camp.
She also collected old cell phone batteries to help save gorillas from extinction. Recycling the batteries help save the gorillas because the trees in the African Rain forests contain something called Colton which is used to make cell phone batteries. Now that more and more people have cell phones, they have to cut down more and more trees. When they cut down trees, they are cutting down gorillas’ homes. By recycling old cell phones we are saving gorillas and trees.
What thoughtful and appropriate projects! Mazel Tov to Morgan and her family. A special thank you to Melisa from The Event of a Lifetime for sharing your family’s special day with us.